The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has responded to a record surge in container volumes, revealing a "comprehensive" 30-year plan for the port's future growth, says London's Port Technology International.
Building on a previous development programme, which included the opening of the Bayonne Bridge and other initiatives such as the deepening of port channels to 50 feet, the new master plan aims to solidify New York and New Jersey's position as the second largest trade hub in the US.
Regional stakeholders have been presented with a roadmap for new infrastructure projects across the port, with the document offering a holistic view of upgrades to cargo container facilities, automobile terminals, and bulk operations.
The project will continue the expansion of container terminals across New York and New Jersey and strengthen the port's US$600 million ExpressRail network. Uno Bryfors, ABB, discusses transforming terminals in the "mega-age" in a recent Port Technology technical paper
It is said that a two-and-a-half-year review of over 3,000 acres of port property has been conducted in support of the new plans, which are being unveiled in the wake of New York and New Jersey achieving a record throughput of more than 3 million TEU during the first five months of 2019.
"Our predecessors had the foresight to understand the value of the port to regional jobs and economic activity and made substantial investments that today are paying huge dividends," said port authority chairman Kevin O'Toole.
"This plan will continue the momentum we have built and drive this port to new heights that two decades ago would have seemed impossible to achieve," he said.
Said port authority executive director Rick Cotton: "This new master plan provides a vision that we believe will drive future cargo growth and the jobs and economic benefits it provides for the region."